Portland’s 19 year old Alameda Brewing is going through some big changes with new ownership, new beers in cans, and expanded production and distribution, and now Brewmaster Carston Haney and Assistant/Brewpub Brewer Marshall Kunz both are leaving the company to open up their own breweries.
Alameda’s new co-owner Keytra Bafford said, “Carston and Marshall have been amazing additions to the Alameda Brewing team. We are sad to see them go, but excited for what each of their futures hold. I’m not at liberty to discuss their next moves, however I know Carston and Marshall will each be successful in their endeavors.”
Carston Haney is finishing up his 6 and a half year stint at Alameda Brewing in mid April and is planning to open his own brewery in the near future.
When asked for comment, Carston said:
“After many years of being Head Brewer at Alameda I’m excited and sad to be leaving the company. It has been a great experience growing the business and creating wonderful beers with other talented brewers. When I started brewing at our brewhouse we had just begun to distribute draft and bottles to a few select outlets. Little did any of us know, a few years later we would have a 20 BBL production facility that would produce beer being sent to several states and continents. Now we are canning to reach new markets, including our best selling brand and one of my favorite recipes: Yellow Wolf IIPA. I’m glad I am able to be part of spreading the splendid beer of Portland, OR for others enjoyment. I love crafting and brewing great beer and will soon continue doing so in the near future in my own facility. Details will follow….”
Marshall Kunz, Assistant Brewer and creator of many of the one-off and small batch beers at Alameda’s original brewpub location, is moving back to his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. There he hopes to open his own brewery in a building passed down by his family.
Marshall added, “My girlfriend and I are leaving Portland to move back to Lincoln, NE. After a while we hope to open our own brewpub and share some of the awesome beer and food culture that we got to be a part of here in Portland. Alameda has been as great a job as you can hope for and I have learned a ton from Matt and the whole crew there. I will definitely miss working at the pub. We found a great replacement who happens to be one of my best friends as well, Brendan Ford-Sala, former manager at Belmont Station. He’s been training for the last few months and has taken the reins. I know he’s got some great beers in mind so I’m very excited to see what he comes up with in the future as Alameda continues to experiment more.”
Brendan Ford-Sala joined Alameda Brewing at the beginning of the year, training to replace Kunz as Assistant Brewer. In addition to Brendan, Alameda has hired back one of its former brewers in Eric Rolerkite.
Alameda is still looking for a new Head Brewer. Email your resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop them off at the pub – Alameda Brewhouse at 4765 NE Fremont St. Portland, OR 97213.
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